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 The Farewell 
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The Farewell is a 2019 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lulu Wang. The film stars Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, and Jiang Yongbo and follows a family who, upon learning their grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide not to tell her and schedule a family gathering before she passes.


Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:17 am
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Solid but it kinda lacked the emotional punch I thought it'd serve.


Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:59 pm
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Solid film, but more of an unhappy family movie and less of a comedy than I thought. Awkwafina's character is kind of tormented and her parents are not in a great place. Love the difference in persona between Chinese/English lines in her performance. The characters Chinese tradition of treating family as a tradition has virtue, but also is a heavy weight on their back making it hard to enjoy their lives or the last few months of Nai Nai. The ending was really great showing the connection between Billi and her neither of them have very much with others, and the sad goodbye to suddenly English music.
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I feel like the reveal Nai Nai is still alive in real life after 6 years kind of made it a less powerful, although sadistically I could pretend the film character is separate and died a few months later. Also it's amazing that the real life version apparently still doesn't know she has cancer

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This was really good.

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Post Re: The Farewell
I agree that it lacked that emotional punch even though the final goodbye with English music was great. Its a well acted and well crafted movie but I still don't get the high praise, Parasite was way better than this.


Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:14 am
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